Pirelli F1 Bahrain Grand-Prix race review

Pirelli F1 Bahrain Grand-Prix race review

08.04.2018: Sebastien Vettel wins a tactically complex race from pole with a one stop supersoft - soft strategy Unprecedented 39 lap final stint on soft for Vettel keeps both Mercedes at bay, on a one stop strategy using medium

Sebastien Vettel wins a tactically complex race from pole with a one stop supersoft - soft strategy



Unprecedented 39 lap final stint on soft for Vettel keeps both Mercedes at bay, on a one stop strategy using medium wide variety of tactics


In Bahrain: Top eight all use different tyre strategies on the most abrasive asphalt of the year



The second race of the season came down to a thrilling cat and mouse game between Ferrari and Mercedes, with Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel holding off the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton at the finish on a set of soft tyres that had been on the car for 39 laps, while both his rivals were on fresher medium tyres.



Strategy was at the heart of the race, with Hamilton being the only driver in the top 10 on the  grid to  start  on  soft  tyres.  Like  his  team  mate  Valtteri  Bottas,  he  switched  to  the medium on a one- stop strategy.



Vettel however, was on a supersoft-soft strategy, doing an unprecedentedly long final stint on the soft in a tense finish as Bottas closed in duringthe final laps.



There  was  a very wide  variety  of  different  strategies  at  work,  with  the  top  eight all adopting  several  different  patterns  of  tyre  usage ,  and  many  drivers  using  strategy  to score some of their best results, such as Pierre Gasly in fourth (Toro Rosso) and Marcus  Ericsson in  ninth (Sauber).


Several  drivers  also  used  all  three  compounds  available  during the race.



MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING


“ This  was  an  absolutely  thrilling  and  absorbing  race,  which  delivered  exactly  what  we  hoped with this latest generation of tyres: many different strategies, close racing and an exciting finish with some of the best drivers in the world battling each other down to the final corner. 



Tyre  management  was  absolutely  key  to  Vettel’s  victory,  with  the  Ferrari driver  making  a new set  of  soft tyres  last  for  39 laps,  which  we  never  saw  before  here during the weekend .



Mercedes also made a one- stop strategy work by putting two cars on  the  podium when  a  two - stopper  was  theoretically  quicker:  this  decision  altered  the  entire complexion of the race and made for a thrilling conclusion.



Congratulations also to Pierre Gasly and Toro Rosso, and our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the Ferrari mechanic who was injured during their pit stop.




TRUTHOMETER


Sebastian  Vettel  won  the  race  using  a  one-stop  strategy,  despite  a  two-stopper  being the  quickest  tactic,  as  we  predicted. 


Only  four classified drivers  stopped  once:  the  top  three, plus Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson. Vet tel  made  his  sole  stop  on  lap  18 ,  switching from supersoft to soft.




- Anthony Peacock, photo Pirelli

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